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The Shadow-Boxing Woman by Inka Parei
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Apr 20, 11

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Read in April, 2011 — I own a copy

An extended meditation on decrepit Berlin apartments and the fidgety fingers of the people who live in them. Such amazing fidgety finger descriptions (and taking the trash out the to the alley descriptions, and waiting for the bus descriptions, and lurking at the cafe descriptions) that I feel like I can overlook the outdated Orientalism, the confusion about whether there is or is not a plot, the lame rape-revenge fantasy. Instead, I feel a bizarre kinship for the protagonist, a squatter who frequents a cafe where the staff likes her enough to give her free meals, who hooks up with a dirty hipster who roles his own cigarettes. City life can be defined as the ever-present realization that you are one rent payment away from being that person.
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